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FEMA Awards $56,858 Grant For Firefighting Equipment For Questa Volunteer Fire Department

on July 19, 2014 - 7:40am

FEMA News:

A fire training academy and 10 fire departments in New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas have been awarded more than $1.54 million in preparedness grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The grant in New Mexico totals $56,858 and covers the cost of firefighting equipment for the Questa Volunteer Fire Department. The grants in Arkansas total $342,100 and pay for an all-terrain firefighting truck for the Etowah Fire Department and firefighting equipment for the Arkansas Fire Training Academy in Camden.

In Louisiana, the grants total $649,642 and cover

Next HD3 Event Nov. 5-6 in Roswell

on July 19, 2014 - 7:32am

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HD3 News:

The High Desert Discovery District (HD3) – New Mexico’s first privately-led high technology start-up accelerator ( – will partner with the Association of Commerce and Industry (ACI), Roswell Chaves County Economic Development Corporation and Delicious New Mexico to host the next HD3 Discovery Day™ “Innovation and Discovery in Agriculture and Food” Nov. 5-6 in Roswell. 

This two-day HD3 signature event will focus on statewide innovation and commercialization opportunities within or that impact the agriculture, value-added food products and food


Heinrich Addresses Central American Refugee Crisis

on July 19, 2014 - 7:26am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., delivered a speech on the Senate floor July 16 on the current Central American refugee crisis. 

Last week, he joined U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson on a tour of the temporary facility for undocumented parents and their children at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center campus in Artesia.

 Heinrich has long been a strong advocate for comprehensive immigration reform, and is a proponent of the president's emergency supplemental request to address the increase in child and adult

Culture Rich ‘Fiestas de Taos’ July 19-20

on July 19, 2014 - 7:22am

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TAOS News:

The centuries old, culturally rich celebration of Fiestas de Taos will take place in Taos through Sunday, July 20 and includes festivities in honor of the feast days of Taos’ Catholic patron saints, St. Anne and St. James (Santa Ana y Santiago).

One of Taos’ staple annual events, Fiestas de Taos features live music donated by local talent, traditional dances, parades, and special presentations along with food and crafts vendors and activities for children. A Fiesta Queen is traditionally selected among local contenders during the fiesta as well.

The fiestas began

Shelter Friends Host Mobile Pet Adoption July 26

on July 19, 2014 - 7:16am

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Friends of the Shelter is sponsoring a Mobile Pet Adoption 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, in front of Smith’s Marketplace in Los Alamos. 

Stop by the event and meet some great dogs hoping to find a good home with that special person or family. Volunteers at the event eager to talk with community members about individual animals.

Life’s better with a paw print on your heart. Many thanks to Eric, store director of Smith’s, for allowing this event on the store’s property.


Positive Energy Solar Named ‘Best of Santa Fe’ Solar Installer Fifth Year in a Row

on July 19, 2014 - 7:10am


Positive Energy Solar was recognized Thursday as the top solar installer by the Santa Fe Reporter “Best of Santa Fe” readers’ poll for the fifth year in a row.

Awardees will be honored at the Best of Santa Fe Block Party 5 p.m. to midnight today, July 19, in Santa Fe’s Railyard.

“Five years running! We are thrilled to be named as Santa Fe’s top choice again,” Positive Energy Solar CEO Regina Wheeler said.


Los Alamos Police Host Promotion Ceremony

on July 18, 2014 - 3:09pm

Members of the Los Alamos Police Department hosted a ceremony Thursday in Magistrate Court at the Justice Center in which two officers, a public service aide and a detention officer received promotions. From left, newly promoted PSA Supervisor Robert Aragon, Sgt. Daniel Roberts, Sgt. Chris Ross, Detention Supervisor Hilario 'Eli'  Salinas, officiating Judge Pat Casados, Police Chief Dino Sgambellone and PSA Jacinta Lestone. After receiving the oath of office and new badges, the group and their family members attended a special reception next door at the Police Station. Photo by Carol A.

Dangerous Conditions Exist For Cliff Jumping At East Fork

on July 18, 2014 - 12:28pm

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Jumping from the cliff at East Fork of the Jemez River cannot be done at this time because the  water level is just 2-feet deep.

The water used to be 15 feet deep at this location in the Jemez and cliff jumping was a popular thrill before the recent fires caused the steep canyon to fill in with dirt.

Pet of the Week: Kai The Purebred Husky

on July 18, 2014 - 12:01pm

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Kai is one of the most recent addition to the dogs at the Los Alamos County Animal Shelter.  He is a beautiful gray and white, purebred Husky surrendered when his owner moved. Kai is about 6 years old, friendly with people and well-socialized but should not live in the same home with cats. Check out this beautiful boy at the Shelter.

The Los Alamos Animal Shelter, 226 East Road, 505.662.8179, has a great selection of adoptable pets; see the Petfinder website for photos here. For information about volunteering, adopting and donating and learning more about

Udall Addresses Troubled N.M. VA Hospital

on July 18, 2014 - 11:28am
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall meets with Veterans Affairs Secretary nominee Robert McDonald. Courtesy photo
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., met with the nominee to replace former Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, who resigned in May in the wake of the veterans' scheduling scandal that has impacted the Albuquerque VA. Nominee Robert McDonald, a West Point graduate, is the former Procter & Gamble CEO.
Udall issued the following statement after their meeting:
"New Mexico's VA is experiencing a crisis of confidence.

Los Alamos 'Green' Team Captures District 1 Title

on July 18, 2014 - 10:25am

The Los Alamos 'Green' team had an impressive week by going undefeated and outscoring their opponents 50-2 as they captured the District 1 Title Sunday in a win against Espanola Red. Courtesy photo

The 'Gold Team' achieved a record of two wins and one loss before being eliminated by Espanola Red. Courtesy photo


Los Alamos County (Los Alamos and White Rock Little Leagues combined) fielded two teams of 9-10 year-old who participated in the New Mexico District 1 post-season tournament last week at Lucero Center Fields in Espanola.

Both teams competed throughout the week with


Heinrich Video Addresses Wildfire Funding Reform

on July 18, 2014 - 10:14am

Sen. Martin Heinrich


WASHINGTON, D.C. - During a U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing July 15, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., continued to push to reform federal wildfire policy by funding major wildfires the same way as other natural disasters, while freeing up funding to prevent future fires.

The committee considered the Administration's wildfire preparedness and forest service 2015 fiscal year budget proposal, which includes a plan based on a bill Heinrich is co-sponsoring, which would treat the largest fires -- roughly 1 percent of annual

SFI: Kim Vy-Tran on Galaxy Clusters July 22

on July 18, 2014 - 9:23am

Kim Vy-Tran

SFI News:

Kim Vy-Tran will speak on Galaxy Clusters at 3:30 p.m., July 22 in the Noyce Conference Room at the Santa Fe Institute.

Abstract: Galaxy clusters are the largest gravitationally bound systems in the universe and are extreme laboratories for studying the physics driving galaxy evolution as well as powerful tests of cosmology. Understanding how galaxies form and evolve in clusters continues to be a fundamental question in astronomy.

High Elevation ‘Beer Fiesta’ July 26

on July 18, 2014 - 8:54am

The Los Alamos Beer Co-op will again host its high elevation Beer Fiesta Saturday, July 26, at Pajarito Ski Mountain.
Last year’s inaugural event drew a huge crowd of microbrew enthusiasts for a day of hiking, biking, beer, music and fun, and this year is sure to bring a repeat performance.

The family-friendly “Beer Fiesta” is sponsored by the Los Alamos Beer Co-op, New Mexico’s only cooperative brewery in planning.

Los Alamos Seniors at State Games in Roswell

on July 18, 2014 - 8:44am

Los Alamos Senior athletes in parade line Wednesday for the opening ceremonies of State Games in Roswell. Courtesy/Inez Ross



Storytelling Highlights Valles Caldera Birthday

on July 18, 2014 - 8:24am


VCNP News:

The Valles Caldera National Preserve will host the Jemez Mountains Storytelling Jamboree 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., July 26 at the Valle Grande staging area located just inside the Preserve’s main entrance.

There is no admission charge to attend the jamboree, so bring your family and friends for a day of fun and entertainment by some of the area’s most talented storytellers.

The jamboree is the highlight of the 2014 Birthday Celebration that commemorates the creation of the Preserve.

Authors Speak: Havill Talks About N.M. Police Mysteries

on July 18, 2014 - 8:19am

Steven F Havill. Courtesy/MPL

MPL News:

Steven F. Havill is the guest author at the July Authors Speak Series reading and talk at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 24 in the upstairs rotunda at Mesa Public Library.

Havill is an American author of mysteries and westerns. Havill lives in Datil, N.M. with his wife Kathleen. He has written two series of police procedurals set in the fictional Posadas County, N.M.; along with other works.

From Heartshot, the first Posadas County mysteries novel from Steven F. Havill, through Night Zone, the most recent, sheriff Bill Gastner has been a common thread in

BBBS Recruiting Lunch Buddies for Kids in Need

on July 18, 2014 - 8:13am
Los Alamos
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) would like you consider making a difference in the life of a child through one of two youth serving programs.
Los Alamos and Rio Arriba Regional Director Dawn Brown works to match adults and youth in a one-to-one mentorship program established in 1904.
“We find that only having one focus within our national and regional organizations helps us to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better,” Brown said.

Cathy Faber Band Swings Posse Lodge Saturday

on July 18, 2014 - 8:03am


FBI: Former MDC Corrections Officer Faces Federal Drug Trafficking Charge

on July 18, 2014 - 7:56am

Lucas Segura

FBI News:

ALBUQUERQUE—Lucas Segura, 22, of Los Lunas made his initial appearance in federal court in Albuquerque Thursday morning on an indictment charging him with a heroin trafficking offense. Segura remains in custody pending a detention hearing scheduled for today.

The indictment alleges that Segura unlawfully possessed heroin with intent to distribute in Bernalillo County April 1. At the time of the offense charged, Segura was a corrections officer at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC).

According to state court filings, Segura was arrested April 1, on

Los Alamos Pedestrian Hit By Truck Remains In Critical Condition

on July 17, 2014 - 6:28pm

The Los Alamos Daily Post received the following statement from Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service regarding the woman hit by a truck Wednesday on Main Street:

Emily Mares-Lang has been an employee of the Los Alamos Visiting Nurse Service for the past eight years working in our Medical Records Department. Her sweet face and gentle nature are well known to the hospital staff, doctors’ offices, and the entire medical community.

Emily was in an accident July 16, 2014 and remains in critical condition at CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center at this time.

Emily’s family appreciates the

County Issues Statement Regarding Termination of Contract for New Golf Course Community Building

on July 17, 2014 - 1:10pm
Los Alamos County Administrator

Construction activities at the Golf Course Community Building have been suspended and the County has formally terminated the contract with Gerald A. Martin, the contractor for the project.

At the request of the contractor, the County will enter into public works mediation to address the situation later this month. The County moved to end the contract after the project manager became concerned about an apparent lack of progress being made on the building. The contractor vacated the work site approximately three weeks ago.

An outstanding


Letter to the Editor: Competition Key Element of Healthy Business Environment

on July 17, 2014 - 12:59pm
By NANCY PARTRIDGE, Chamber Manager
Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce

I would like to thank Don Krier and Kelly Gallagher for their July 14 Letter to the Editor, “Don’t Let Los Alamos Become a One Mall Town.” 

It is true the new Smith’s Marketplace will introduce competition into the Los Alamos retail market. Competition is a key element of a healthy business environment. The ultimate winner in business competition is the consumer.

Los Alamos has a variety of small, local businesses that have brick-and-mortar locations along the walkable downtown area.

Los Alamos Police Blotter: July 10 to July 16, 2014

on July 17, 2014 - 12:01pm

The following information is provided by the Los Alamos Police Department.

Neither arrests nor charges indicate a conviction, and neither means that a person is guilty of the charges filed against them.

July 10 at 11:59 a.m. / A 53-year-old Santa Fe man reported that he was a victim of fraud on Trinity Drive. The estimated loss is less than $2,500. 


July 10 at 4:01 p.m. / Police arrested Rickie Burrell, 28, of Los Alamos at 650 San Ildefonso Road on an outstanding Magistrate Court warrant.





July 10 at 3:04 p.m.

Signs of the Old Smith's Store Removed Overnight

on July 17, 2014 - 9:35am

Two men worked from lift buckets using welding torches to remove the large Smith's sign around 10 p.m. Wednesday from  the old store at 535 Central Ave., following the grand opening of the new Smith's Marketplace across the street earlier in the day. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

The large letter 'M' is detached from the building and lowered to the ground. Photo by Carol A. Clark/

Workers carry away each letter. Smith's officials said Tuesday that there are no definte plans yet for the old store. Photo by Carol A. Clark/